The Whipple Company Store Museum embraces that philosophy.
"It's not your typical sanitized museum," Lynn said.
The spacious store used to stock everything from food, clothing and shoes to coffins, but it now houses mining photographs and artifacts -- many donated by Whipple residents.
Cases placed around the central room display the scrip coins and paper ledgers used to quantify store purchases. Antique fire engine parts, shoemaker forms, telephone switchboards and post boxes lie piled around the corners. An old whiskey-still stands on a forgotten cabinet.
Boy Scout Zach Morgan said he never liked history because his elementary school teachers always seemed to make the subject boring. On Wednesday, though, he eagerly recounted facts about the store that Lynn had imparted that morning.
Nick Funkhouser enjoyed learning about the coal mines. He had never fully understood how builders had supported the tunnels through the mines. On Wednesday, he learned about those structures.
He said he hopes to one day become an architect, although he might have to abandon a potential career as a videogame tester, he said.
Learning about the past should help these Scouts prepare for the future, said Assistant Scoutmaster Dann Barczyk.
Reach Laura Reston at laura.res...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5112.